As faculty emerge as leaders in community engagement, the Center for Social Concerns occasionally invites them to become Faculty Fellows. In general, the role of the Faculty Fellows is to link their disciplinary or multidisciplinary expertise with the Center's mission. To this end, they assist the Center to develop community-based learning and scholarship, civic participation, and Catholic social thought across university departments and programs.
2016–2018 Faculty Fellows
Assistant Director of the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway
Silvia Dall’Olio teaches Italian language courses at John Cabot University. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Pedagogy of Italian as a Second Language at the Università per Stranieri di Siena. Before moving to Rome, she taught all levels of Italian language from 2006 to 2011 at the University of Notre Dame (USA). She then spent a year in the Gulf country of Qatar, teaching Italian for the Qatar Foundation, and was involved with local and Italian institutions for the promotion of Italian language and culture in Qatar.
Professor Dall'Olio is interested in second language acquisition, language curriculum development for study abroad programs, and policies and practices for the diffusion of Italian language and culture. She is also a translator of children’s books from English to Italian.
Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies
Inaugural Academic Director of the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway
Professor Cachey specializes in Italian Medieval and Renaissance literature, in particular Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, the history of the Italian language, and the literature and history of travel. He has authored or edited several books, including Le isole fortunate; appunti di storia letteraria italiana (1994); Pigafetta’s First Voyage Around the World (1995; 2nd revised edition, 2007); Dante Now: Current Trends in Dante Studies (1995); Petrarch’s Guide to the Holy Land (2002), Le culture di Dante (2004), Dante and Petrarch: Anti-dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (2009), as well as essays and book chapters in Annali d'Italianistica, Belfagor, California Italian Studies, Intersezioni, The History of Cartography, Modern Language Notes, Schede umanistiche, and Rivista di letteratura italiana. He is founder and co-editor (with Zygmunt G. Baranski and Christian Moevs) of the William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies, and serves on the editorial boards of Letteratura Italiana Antica (Rome), Nuova Rivista di Letteratura Italiana (Pisa), Dante Studies, Italica: Journal of the American Association of Italian Studies (AATI), and Italian Studies: The Journal of the American Association for Italian Culture (AAIS).